Martin Hardie was educated at Cambridge. He studied etching techniques under Sir Frank Short at the Royal College of Art.
As a talented man, Martin was an important English etcher, watercolourist, author and scholar.
He was a great authority on the histories of English watercolours and etchings. As a result of this he went on to write a number of books and articles.
Martin also held the influential post of Keeper of the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1921 to 1935.
During this time, he generated new interest in the watercolours and etchings of Samuel Palmer.
Martin Hardie was also a full member of both the Royal Engravers and the Royal Water Colour Society.
His work was rewarded when he received a CBE for his contribution to British art.
Major collections of Martin Hardie’s etchings and watercolours can be found at the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.